Senator Raphael Warnock offered few comments on the scandals facing his Republican rival Herschel Walker as the candidates attended their only debate.
While the Georgia Democrat suggested that Walker “pretended to be a police officer,” referencing an Associated Press report in which he allegedly threatened “a shootout with the police” in 2001, Warnock remained aloof over several other recent scandals , in which the former was involved, shut down the NFL star during the debate in Savannah on Friday.
Perhaps the biggest scandal, an allegation that anti-abortionist Walker paid for a former girlfriend’s abortion in 2009, was not addressed by Warnock on Friday. Walker, who has repeatedly denied the allegation, called it “a lie” during the debate.
Warnock spoke out in favor of abortion rights during the debate, saying he puts more “trust” in women making their own health decisions than in “politicians” who want to limit their choices.
However, the senator’s unwillingness to speak out about Walker’s scandal or accuse him of hypocrisy could mean his campaign is strategically trying to avoid giving abortion too much of a focus ahead of the election.
Progressive independent Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, who ran as the Democratic nominee in the 2016 and 2020 presidential elections, wrote in an opinion piece published by The guard last week that it would be a “mistake” for Democratic candidates to “only focus on abortion.”
Sanders claimed that while abortion “must be a priority for Democrats,” “it would be political misconduct for Democrats to ignore the state of the economy and leave Republican lies and distortions unanswered.”
Aside from not discussing Walker’s abortion scandal during the debate, Warnock has also barely spoken about the allegations during the campaign, only briefly calling them “troubling” shortly after the allegation surfaced earlier this month.
Warnock told it recently Mother Jones that he wasn’t focusing on the scandal because instead he was “focused on the work the Georgia people hired me to do,” while adding that “the profound differences between” him and Walker made voters “extremely clear.” ” should be.
Other scandals surrounding Walker that Warnock didn’t mention on Friday include allegations of domestic violence against his family and an alleged lack of transparency about how many children he’s fathered, despite his previous criticism of “fatherless” households.
news week has reached out to the Warnock campaign for comment.
After the abortion scandal broke earlier this month, Walker’s son Christian Walker lashed out at his father on Twitter, accusing him of “lying” and subjecting his family to “violence” and death threats.
“You are not a ‘family man’ when you left us to shag some women, threatened to kill us and made us move six times in six months because of your violence,” Christian Walker tweeted. “How dare you lie and pretend to be a ‘moral, Christian, upright man’? You’ve lived a life DESTROYING other people’s lives.”
There is little evidence that the scandals had any serious impact on Herschel Walker’s chances in the election. Though Warnock maintained a 3.3-point lead over Walker on average in RealClearPolitics polls on Friday, some recent polls suggest the race could get even closer as Election Day approaches.
https://www.newsweek.com/raphael-warnock-remains-largely-silent-herschel-walkers-scandals-1752132 Raphael Warnock is largely silent on Herschel Walker’s scandals